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Emergency Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Democratic Governance
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 30 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

The IRC’s Global Surge Team (GST) is a roster of esteemed and highly qualified humanitarian professionals who deploy on short notice to non-emergency and emergency contexts to support the IRC’s mission. Members of the GST provide specialist support where talent is most needed for short-term deployments of up to three months. The GST is a flexible employment opportunity for staff, requiring members to be available for deployments only 50% of the year (with opportunities for additional deployments).

Job Overview:

The Emergency Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator, Global Surge is responsible leading PROL programming in acute emergency responses. This may include rapid assessment, program start-up, strategy development, proposal development, technical oversight, staff recruitment and management, budget management, grants compliance and local partner relations. A successful candidate will demonstrate track record working independently in fast-paced environments and applying creative, flexible design to  protection programming in humanitarian contexts.

Major Responsibilities:

Context evaluation

·       Following the onset of an emergency, identify areas with greatest impact, highest needs, and emerging protection risks

·       Conduct stakeholder analysis: continually review existing actor mapping with a view to identifying key actors and establishing partnerships with focused on the delivery of protection services

·       Design and conduct multisector needs assessments

Program design and management

  • Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical management of IRC’s PROL response aligned to the response strategy and emergency outcomes, while ensuring high program quality and alignment with IRC’s standards and approaches
  • Lead and directly contribute to the start-up, implementation and coordination of emergency PROL programming, including responsive information services, protection and legal case management, psychosocial support, protection monitoring, community-based protection, support to persons with specific needs, and protection mainstreaming
  • Work with potential partners to develop a PROL strategy to respond to identified protection risks and needs, outlining a problem statement, response modalities, activity sequencing, and required resources
  • In collaboration with response leadership and technical coordinators, input into the design of an overall emergency response strategy, including partnerships so that the IRC is working in ways that are complementary to and in support of partners
  • Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with child protection, WPE, and other sector colleagues to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best practice
  • Ensure – through program design and practice, team capacity and behavior – that clients, including girls, boys, women, and men participate in the design and implementation of IRC programs, and that their access to services and programs is meaningful and safe
  • Develop and/or adapt technical tools and approaches, and deliver creative solutions to mitigate challenges in the operating context, to facilitate response start-up and day to day implementation

·       Support emergency protection staff to implement and monitor work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community

  • Oversee IRC’s relationship with partners, ensuring co-design, regular exchange, and project performance monitoring to achieve program objectives
  • Design and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems ensuring consistent reporting and analysis of results to improve program effectiveness and quality
  • Provide a comprehensive handover to successor, including ensuring transfer of all related documentation, program data and staff performance information

Grant and financial management

  • Manage emergency grant/program implementation including recruitment and training, work plan development, procurement and inventory planning, budget management, and M&E plans

·       Develop high quality technical proposals and reports with relevant program staff in line with IRC and donor requirements

·       Collaborate with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information

Staff management

·       Recruit, onboard, and supervise emergency PROL staff, and provide ongoing training and targeted capacity building, including technical guidance, on the job coaching and supervision, and capacity development plans on technical and managerial skills

·       Comply with and ensure that new PROL staff understand the IRC Code of Conduct and policies related to Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding. This includes ensuring that staff and communities have knowledge of and safe, confidential access to reporting mechanisms and support services

·       Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions

Coordination and representation

  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key actors, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors
  • Regularly attend emergency protection coordination and task force meetings, at appropriate levels to feed in IRC priorities from the field
  • Ensure protection concerns and challenges are brought to relevant fora to advocate for standards and procedures that systematize how protection programming is implemented and coordinated at the field level

Job Requirements:

  • Post-graduate degree in international law, human rights law, international relations, social sciences, other related field, or equivalent work experience
  • At least five years’ experience working in the field of Protection or Human Rights programming at the Coordinator level or above required, with proven track record managing multi-donor portfolios in acute emergency response, program and project start-up
  • Experience working with IRC and an understanding of IRC’s systems and processes is strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with key donor regulations such as UNHCR, FCDO, BPRM and ECHO
  • Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other humanitarian actors
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, capacity building, project design and budget management
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively leading and building programs and/or operations in high-pressure, fluid environments. Leadership and team management skills are critical.
  • Proven communication, writing and editing skills, including the ability to effectively write and edit grant proposals and reports.
  • Flexible work attitude: Be flexible and yet focused & reliable in an environment of limited resources and changing demands. Ability to work well, promote teamwork, be comfortable in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Good digital literacy: Facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.
  • Fluency in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Working knowledge of Arabic, French and/or Spanish strongly preferred

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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